Degrees and Certifications:
Thank you for visiting my page! I earned my undergraduate degree from Rider University with a BA in History and Secondary Education and my Masters in American History from Pace University. I have been teaching Middle and High School Social Studies for almost two decades.
I also worked as a National Park Ranger at Independence National Historical Park over the summers, and am involved with a number of historical and educational organizations, such as the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, the National Council for Social Studies, The American Revolution Institute of the Society of Cincinnati, and the James Madison Memorial Foundation.
I am currently teaching 8th grade History and Civics at Reynolds Middle School. All of our resources can be found in the individual courses Google Classroom.
Contact Me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Classroom Philosophy / Expectations
Our class is a community of learners.
When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.
We will respect each other's time, property, and opinions.
We will celebrate each other's accomplishments.
We will grow together throughout the semester.
We will work hard each and every day to achieve our goals.
When we need help, we will ask our teachers for assistance.
We will always try our best!
- Chromebook (headphones recommended)
- Writing tools (pen or pencil)
Rules and Expectations:
- Arrive on time
- No Eating/Drinking or Gum/Candy
- Be present and engaged!
- Be respectful to others
- No cell phones/Earbuds*
- No hoods/hats
It is very important that these rules are followed so that all students have an opportunity to learn. Please review all district policies and rules as they also apply. *Please note that on occasion, students will utilize their headphones when completing assignments (e.g. EdPuzzles). Students should bring their headphones to class each day, but they may only be used under teacher instruction.
- Unit 0 - History Skills: (1 week)
- Unit 1 - Foundations of American Government: (3-4 weeks)
- Unit 2 - The U.S. Constitution: (5-6 weeks)
- Unit 3 - Active Citizenship: (5-6 weeks)
- Unit 4 - Constitutional Challenges: (3-4 weeks)
History Skills: critical reading, analyzing primary/secondary sources, selecting appropriate text-based evidence, writing
*This schedule is subject to change. Students/families will be made aware of changes to the schedule.
50% Summatives (minimum 3 per M.P.) - tests, major projects, essays
40% Formatives (minimum 5 per M.P.) - quizzes, mini projects, exit slips (on occasion)
10% Independent Practice (minimum 5 per M.P.) - classwork, homework, small assignments, exit slips (on occasion)
Please visit your child’s Powerschool Portal to view ALL upcoming due dates for assessments, projects and homework.
Students will be given 1 WEEK to complete and submit a formative or summative assignment. Teachers will use their discretion about dropping points for late assignments. If not handed in for partial credit after one week, the assignment will receive a Zero.
Assignments that are not submitted on time will have a “0” place holder UNTIL the assignment is completed and submitted. Once a grade is placed, the Zero is removed.
STUDENTS: see me if you have any questions about how to calculate your average.
PARENTS: please email me if you have any questions about grades.